Interview: Beavers broadcaster Rich Burk

Portland is the last stop before the major leagues, and, more than any other Padres' minor league affiliate, occupies a quasi-major league status both as a city and the players that they have on the team.
January 4, 2008

Rick Renteria on Portland Beavers

Rick Renteria spent last season as the manager of the San Diego Padres Triple-A affiliate, the Portland Beavers. The new first base coach for the Padres talked about a tough season in Portland, his experiences with the big league club down the stretch, and many of the players who appeared in Triple-A.
December 13, 2007

MadFriars.com Top 60 Padres Prospects of 2007

MadFriars.com annually ranks the top 60 San Diego Padres Prospects, and the best news is it gets harder and harder to do every season. That is a credit to the strengthening of the farm by the Padres' front office and development staff. Take advantage of our Buy One Month, Get One Month Free promotion - TODAY ONLY!
November 4, 2007

The Yordany Ramirez predicament

At 23, Yordany Ramirez, a centerfielder in the San Diego Padres organization for six years, could find himself with another ball club. There are many coaches, however, within the system who feel he deserves another year to see if the immense talent is on the cusp of charging to the forefront.
October 31, 2007

Padres "Tweeners" of the Year

Dominate at two levels and get no love? Not at MadFriars.com. Every year there are prospects that get the job done at multiple levels, falling shy of player of the year honors because the season was cut in two across multiple levels. We give them the love they are due.
October 22, 2007

Lake Elsinore Storm Player of the Year

Falling one game shy of a Championship, the Lake Elsinore Storm were a balanced team whose bats went cold at the most crucial juncture. It does not diminish some of the talent that came through.
October 8, 2007

Portland Beavers Player of the Year

Even at this level, age plays a major role in a prospects' stature. With the Portland Beavers touting a veteran lineup it was much harder for MadFriars.com senior writers Denis Savage and John Conniff to find the top prospect than it was to find the Player of the Year.
October 6, 2007

Ramirez perfect; Headley clouts one

Yordany Ramirez adds another three-hit game to his resume. Clay Hensley adds a five-plus run game to his. Arturo Lopez earns the win in his second game back and Chase Headley gets off the schnide. A rare rainout in Lake Elsinore. Aaron Breit has another solid outing, but Rolando Valdez can't get him the win. Aeden McQueary takes the mound again and four new players join the Emeralds.
August 31, 2007